What is the International Boating and Water Safety Summit?

The IBWSS is the premier boating and water safety education and training conference. The IBWSS serves as the national forum to implement the Strategic Plan & Strategic Plan Report of the National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program.

When and where will the 2018 IBWSS be held?

The 22nd Annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit will be held March 4 – 7, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Where will the IBWSS be held in Lexington, Kentucky?

The 2018 IBWSS will be held at the Hilton Downtown/Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky.

How much does it cost to attend IBWSS?
Early Registration
Early Individual Registration – $395
Early Spouse/Extra Exhibitor Registration – $295
Early For Profit Member Exhibitor – $795
Early For Profit Non-Member Exhibitor – $1095
Early Non Profit Member – $650


After February 5, 2018
Late Individual Registration – $495
Late Spouse/Extra Exhibitor Registration – $395
Late For Profit Member Exhibitor – $895
Late For Profit Non-Member Exhibitor – $1195
Late Non Profit Member – $750


Speaker Registration – $295


Awards Luncheon Only – $40


Cancellation Policy
If you must cancel your registration, the request must be made no later than February 5, 2018. All fees paid will be refunded less a $50.00 processing fee.


What does the IBWSS registration fee include?

The IBWSS registration fee includes the welcome package, admission to exhibit areas, all general and seminar sessions, Sunday Opening Reception, continental breakfasts, breaks, Monday lunch and Wednesday Awards Luncheon. Register now!

What is the program agenda for the 2018 IBWSS?

To be announced!

You can find the draft program by clicking Program, Program Agenda, in the Menu bar.

What is the IBWSS attire?

Sunday Opening Reception: Business Attire
Monday Opening Ceremonies and General Session: Business/Business Casual
Tuesday Seminar Sessions: Business Casual
Tuesday Transylvania University Pool Event: Casual, bathing suit, towel
Wednesday Seminar Session: Business Casual
Wednesday Awards Luncheon: Business Casual

I’m interested in exhibiting at the IBWSS. Where can I register?

The deadline to exhibitor registration is February 5, 2018.  Find more information about exhibiting at the 2018 IBWSS on the Exhibit page.

Where can I learn more about the Media Campaign Contest?

Submit your media entry for the #IBWSS18 Media Campaign Contest ONLINE by February 1, 2018. Find out more information.

I still have questions and I’d like to speak to someone on the phone or send an email.

You can contact the National Safe Boating Council at (703) 361-4294 or IBWSS@safeboatingcouncil.org; or the National Water Safety Congress at (502) 352-8771 or direct@watersafetycongress.org; or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators at (869) 225-9487 or sam@nasbla.org.

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